New Pro-Vice-Chancellor for College of Engineering

Published by Communications and Development

29 April 2009

The head of engineering at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, Professor Jan Evans-Freeman, has been selected to succeed Professor Peter Jackson as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury’s College of Engineering.

Professor Jan Evans-Freeman
Professor Jan Evans-Freeman.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr said Professor Evans-Freeman’s dynamic management style would ensure she would be a strong and motivational leader of the College.

“Her experience dealing with government and business in the UK will serve the College well in its engagement with external stakeholders. She will also contribute to the University through her membership of the Senior Management Team.”

Professor Evans-Freeman’s research has concentrated around looking at defects in semiconductors for engineering applications, and the development of novel materials for light-emitting devices. She said she was delighted to be joining UC.

“I know I will find the University a very exciting environment in which to work. There are many outstanding areas of research excellence, a thriving and lively undergraduate population, and committed and dedicated staff.

“It will be challenging but interesting for me to learn about the model of tertiary education in New Zealand. Of course, much of it is similar to that around the world, but there are some significant differences to the UK model as well.”

She said she considered it a privilege to head UC’s College of Engineering.

“Not only because of its place in the national tables, but also because of the diverse nature of the subject disciplines in the College and the opportunity for new and exciting ventures within and outside the University.”

Professor Evans-Freeman is a keen motorcyclist and scuba diver, and she said she was looking forward to pursuing her hobbies here.

“I can now try out some of the amazing dive sites around the shores of New Zealand that I have only read about in magazines previously. On our short visit in March we were lucky enough to have time to drive through Arthurs Pass and we are really looking forward to living near such a beautiful mountain range. I may even finally learn to ski.”

Professor Evans-Freeman said she had been contacted by a number of UC staff since her appointment.

“I have been really touched by how many people have emailed me with kind words of welcome in the last two weeks, and I am looking forward to working with you all very much.”

Professor Evans-Freeman hopes to take up the position at the end of July, subject to immigration processes being finalised. Associate Professor Richard Duke will be Acting PVC between Professor Jackson’s retirement in May and Professor Evans-Freeman’s arrival.

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University of Canterbury
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